Produce Storage

If you are trying to save money and eat right, preparing meals at home is usually the way to go. But how annoying is it when you go to make a meal and what you find is slimy lettuce and mushy tomatoes? The worst right?


A little while ago, a friend sent me this article from the Vegetarian Times that explains the best way to store produce to prevent spoilage and reduce waste. So simple yet so genius.

The article describes which items release the most ethylene gas (a ripening agent), which can speed the decay of others, so you know to store them separately. Some fruits and vegetables will lose flavor in the refrigerator, while others will benefit from the cooler temperature.

To save you time and extra mouse clicks, I’ve copied and pasted the most important information from the article below:


  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Figs
  • Honeydew


  • Avocados
  • Bananas, unripe
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes


  • Bananas, ripe
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce and other leafy greens
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Watermelon

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Now that everything is properly stored, a little more planning will help maximize the life of your produce. Certain items are more perishable than others, so the below guide suggests an order in which to eat items to make sure nothing goes bad before you have a chance to enjoy it.

EAT FIRST:  Sunday to Tuesday

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Dill
  • Green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Strawberries
  • Watercress

EAT NEXT: Wednesday to Friday

  •  Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Lime
  • Mesclun
  • Pineapple
  • Zucchini

EAT LAST: Weekend

  •  Apricots
  • Bell peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Mint
  • Oranges
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon


  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Winter squash

Is this helpful? Feel free to share any storage tips of your own!

Again, here is a link to the article: Vegetarian Times



Filed under Guides, Nutrition Tips

4 responses to “Produce Storage

  1. Alyssa

    This is so interesting and useful! I always left my cantaloupe and honeydew on the counter, I guess I won’t now!

  2. Allison

    Such a big help! I often don’t buy fresh produce because I’m not sure how long it will last. Will refer to this from now on!

  3. Sammi

    Such great info to know. So many times I have wasted delicious fruits and veggies simply because they went bad before I had time to eat them!

  4. Lindsay

    Great tips! So frustrating when salad goes bad so quickly! I will keep it away from the rest of my gas releasing produce!

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